In this week’s segment of Care’s Upcoming Words (FWOFP = Forewarning of Future Posts), I present my most RRRRs: recent reads requiring review as well as my ATTBRPTs: Additions to Toppling To-Be-Read Pile Titles. Enjoy!
I invited my nine year old neighbor boy to read a book with me and help me review it to give a kid’s perspective. The book we chose was The Tale of Devereaux by Kate DiCamillo. (Based on its length AND Bybee’s review!) School starts in these here parts next week and his mother is insisting she read it first (what?! – doesn’t she trust me? how funny, that a running theme of this book is perfidy, ha hahahahaaaaa – if you’ve read this, you’ll get it, I think. and yet, nevermind…) Thus, it might be awhile, but I wanted to account for me reading it on my past list and request any review questions you might proffer.
I also read A Curious State of Affairs: A Novel about Life, Love and Loss by Jan Marshall and it deserves a thoughtful review. (yep, ask me anything!) It’s extremely British which was fun since it has so many terms I don’t know but assume could only be Brit slang? And, finally, I’m in the middle of…
wait for it!
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This is my first Picoult book and I want to talk about why I’ve been avoiding her and all the interesting reactions one gets when one says (or types) the name ‘Picoult’ these days. This is a loaner from another neighbor and have already promised the previously mentioned neighbor that she gets it next. A totally ‘nother neighbor is a huge Picoult fan and can’t wait to find out what I think!!!! anyway.
where was I?
This past weekend, I attended a small Maine town library’s book sale. uh, WOW!!!! There was a line to get in! It was a social event of the summer! It was fun! Nothing like I expected, of course. The small town Mass library book sales don’t generate that much excitement and yet, I really don’t know – I haven’t been to any. My bad.
I bought: Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in paperback (Bantam Books, 13th printing ~1967?), A.S. Byatt’s The Matisse Stories (hardback, Random House 1993), and Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County because, believe it or not! I’ve never seen the movie. I also influenced my aunt and cuz-in-law to buy a few other big titles which I can’t remember but I know I want to read someday; the only one I know is in the stack is Neuromancer / Wm Gibson.
I have also received via BookMooch the following: Montana 1948 / Larry Watson and On the Occasion of my Last Afternoon / Kaye Gibbons. I’m a-feared that my Mystic River request and the Wally Lamb books are LOST. They were sent in July. oh well.
So, please ask any questions you might want me to answer about The Tale of Devereaux (TTOD), A Curious State of Affairs (ACSOA), My Sister’s Keeper (MSK). A book that missed the stack is The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve, but up next is HOME TOWN by Kidder.
HAVE A GREAT DAY! Sincerely, Care